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Transbalkan Trek (Bulgaria)

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Bulgaria  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Cultural Journey  
Season: July - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 520 Pound Sterling (GBP)
Maximum Per Person Price: 520 Pound Sterling (GBP)

This trip offers a combined trek through two of the most exciting natural reserves in the Balkan mountains: Kozyata Stena and Severen Dzhendem, as well as a visit to the Troyan Monastery. We climb Mount Botev – the highest peak in the Balkan Mountains (at 2,376 m, or 7,795 ft) and enjoy the imposing view of the low-lying Sredna Gora Mountains and the fertile Thracian Valley. After descending the extremely steep southern slope of the Balkan, known as "Tarzan's walkway", we visit the small town of Kalofer. The mountain huts lie like pearls on a thread with the walking paths in between. The trip ends in the town of Plovdiv, which is the second largest city in Bulgaria, still housing romantic remains of its old quarters.

DEPARTURE DATES:
3 June
21 July
18 August
8 September

Itinerary:

Day 1. Arrival at Sofia airport and transfer to the town of Teteven where we stay overnight (2 hrs drive).

Day 2. Skribatna - Lesidren – Saeva dupka.
Short transfer to suburb Skribatna where the trek to Lesidren village starts. The path goes through broad-leaved forest and lush meadows. The minibus is waiting for us at Siniya vir near Lesidren. Short transfer to Lesidren for lunch. Transfer to Saeva dupka cave for a visit and then back to Teteven.
Uphill walk: 400 m; downhill walk: 400 m; walking time: 4-5 hours

Day 3. Bogoe - Chiflik.
Transfer to the passage Bogoe via Ribarica village. From there we start our day’s march to Chiflik village famous for its hot mineral springs and swimming pools. The path follows the low ridge between two rivers finally reaching Haidushka pesen area from where the bus will take us to Chiflik.
Uphill walk: 300 m; downhill walk: 100 m; walking time: 5-6 hours.

Day 4. Chiflik – Haidushka Pesen – Kozya stena - Beklemeto
Transfer from Chiflik to Haidushka pesen to continue our trek to the main ridge of Stara planina. The track ascents gradually through the old beech forest of Kozya stena reserve. Then following the ridge we get to Beklemeto. Transfer to Troyan monastery where we stay overnight.
Uphill walk: 700 m; downhill walk: 150 m; walking time: 5-6 hours

Day 5. Vidima – The Water holes cave - Pleven hut
Visit of the National Exhibition of Crafts and Arts "Oreshaka" and then transfer to Vidima, Apriltsi. From there we start the hike to Pleven hut passing by the interetsing Water holes cave with an underground river. Part of the hike goes in the pristine Natural reserve "Severen Djendem". We end up in Pleven hut where we can enjoy the great panoramic view to the stunning rocks of Severen Djendem.
Uphill walk: 500 m; downhill walk: 100 m; walking time: 3-4 hours .

Day 6. Pleven hut – Murgata – Mt Hristo Botev – Dzendema – Raiskoto praskalo – Rai hut
From Pleven hut the path goes through a beech forest, reaching a place, called “Murgata”.
Then it continues by the foothills of the “Milk Peak” to “Hristo Botev” refuge with great views to the majestic rocks of Northern Dzendem reserve (Dzendem means Hell) . From there we start climbing the highest peak of the Balkan Mountains - Mount Botev (2376 m a.s.l.). From the peak the track weaves among the rocky slopes of the mount (The Tarzan's path), providing excellent view to the precipice of the Southern “Dzhendem”. Then we continue to “Rai hut” passing by the Heavens Waterfall ("Raiskoto pruskalo").
Uphill walk: 1000 m; downhill walk: 900 m; walking time: 6-7 hours.

Day 7. Dzhendema – Panicite – Plovdiv
Descending through the rocky slopes of the Southern “Dzhendem” we finally reach Panicite area where our mountain experiences end. Transfer to the city of Plovdiv, where we stay overnight. Visiting The Old Town we enjoy the atmosphere and the architecture of Bulgarian revival times.
Uphill walk: 80 m; downhill walk: 1000 m; walking time: 4 hrs.

Day 8. Transfer to Sofia airport for departure (2hrs drive).

Accomodation: 5 nights in rooms with private facilities – 4 nights at good hotels (days 1, 2, 3 &7), 1 night in a monastery, 2 nights in a hut ( day 5,6) with shared facilities.

Included in the price: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 1 lunchpack, 4 dinners ( days, 3,4,5 & 6);all ground transfers and luggage transfers;English-speaking guide ;entrance fee Sueva Dupka;pick up/drop off at Sofia or Plovdiv airport VAT and all local taxes ;NOTE! The price is per person sharing a double room accommodation. Single traveler who has ordered a bed in a shared double room must be prepared to pay for a single room if a room-mate cannot be arranged.

Not included: ;map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour) ;tips ;alcohol drinks and other personal expenses ;Other possible activities (not included in the price) which are optional and payable on spot. If you break the trip plan you pay on your own the extra expenses for transport and accommodation.

Other expenses: Single room supplement: 85 EURO (sgl room is not available on day 6)

Nice to know: we have a unique proposal - ëxtension at the Black Sea coast, which gives you the opportunity to stay on a sea holiday for an extra week after your active tour in Sozopol, Nessebar, Sunny Beach, Lozenets, St. Vlas, Golden Sands etc.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation and boarding as mentioned above
- Transfer to/from Sofia and Plovdiv
- English-speaking guide
- Luggage and private transfers throughout the tour
- VAT and all local taxes.

Price Excludes:
- Map (could be requested in advance when booking the tour)
- Tips, alcohol drinks, cigarettes and other personal expenses.

Single room supplement: 75 euro.

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